European Grand Prix 2012: Jenson Button tops final practice

Jenson Button tops the timesheets in final practice for Sunday's European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit

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Jenson Button set the pace in final practice Photo: Courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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McLaren’s Jenson Button set the pace in the final practice session for Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia from Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen.

Button was 0.093 seconds faster than Grosjean at the Valencia Street Circuit, with Scot Paul Di Resta fifth for Force India.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was eighth, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was 12th.

Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was 13th but the German still looks likely to take pole position in qualifying as he was on course to easily set the fastest time on his last lap before making a mistake at the final corner.

Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber could only manage 19th after being hampered by a brake problem for most of the session.

European Grand Prix 2012: Final practice times

1 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:38.562

2 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1:38.655

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1:38.759

4 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1:38.819

5 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:38.892

6 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:39.084

7 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:39.141

8 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:39.178

9 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:39.318

10 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:39.357

11 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:39.358

12 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:39.395

13 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1:39.434

14 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 1:39.543

15 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:39.946

16 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1:40.037

17 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1:40.134

18 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 1:40.681

19 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1:41.282

20 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1:41.931

21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 1:42.758

22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 1:42.815

23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:42.943

24 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 1:43.124

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